- National Teams
Great Britain forward Luol Deng has agreed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Miami Heat, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Deng has been actively pursued by several teams since the start of Free Agency, including Dallas and Atlanta, but it now seems his future, for at least the next two years, has been sorted.
“Deng will hold a player option on the 2015-16 season, a source said.
“Deng chose the Heat believing their returning nucleus and free-agent signings can keep them contending in the Eastern Conference. The absence of state income tax made the Heat’s offer a sound financial decision for him, too.
“Heat president Pat Riley and Deng’s agent Ron Shade talked on Saturday and completed the deal on Sunday morning.”
Cleveland were not one of those teams vying for his signature following the return of LeBron James, who Deng will now replace in South Beach. The agreement gives Deng a chance to become a free agent again next season in what potentially could be a stronger financial market for him.
It remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old will now make himself available for the national side ahead of next month’s EuroBasket qualifiers. GB training camp opens on Tuesday in Worcester.
Last season, Deng averaged 16 points per game having been traded to the Cavs from Chicago back in January.
Miami have re-signed Chris Bosh to a 5-year max deal with Dwyane Wade, Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers all set to return. It has also been reported that free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts will both sign.